museum piece


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museum piece

Someone or something that is particularly aged or old-fashioned (thus likened to something belonging in a museum). Wow, where'd you get this museum piece? Does it even still work? My grannie is a museum piece of the intolerance and bigotry of the 1950s.
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museum piece

An elderly or old-fashioned item or person, as in When are you going to sell that museum piece of a car? or Aunt Jane comes from another era-she's a real museum piece. This expression originated about 1900 for an article valuable enough for museum display but began to be used disparagingly from about 1915.
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museum piece, a

An old-fashioned or decrepit item or person. Basically this term is a genuine description of an item of value or rarity that was used ironically or pejoratively from about 1915 on. John Galsworthy used it in Swan Song (1928): “The girl and her brother had been museum pieces, two Americans without money to speak of.”
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Liska's goal is not to make a museum piece, but to combine historical accuracy with entertainment.
With the exception of the lovely, if melancholy, second movement, the Oistrakhs perform the Sinfonia as though it were a museum piece under glass.
A veteran Pacific sailor/journalist, whose column in The Honolulu Advertiser spurred the campaign that saved this icon as a museum piece, traces its roles in Hawaiian maritime history as part of the Matson fleet.
Charlie had hoped to restore the creaking boat and keep it as museum piece or sell it.
Blogs appeal to teachers who want to create a lively online presence without having to design and maintain a customized Web site that can quickly become a museum piece if not updated on a regular basis.
Consider Electric Cord Piece, 1967 (remade 2003), in which a doubly male electrical cord snakes across the floor to join two female outlets, and My Last Museum Piece (Flies to Honey), a 2003 reconfiguration of a 1969 project that consists of a seven-foot-diameter inflated clear plastic ball whose inside has been smeared with honey and hosts a swarm of tiny flies feeding from its gooey walls.
Does your caravan look like a museum piece next to the modern day versions?
(The magazine's recent sponsorship of Alexander Cockburn, the world's wittiest and most infuriatingly rigid Marxist journalist, has done nothing to dispel this impression.) Moreover, due to the recent rightward swing of much of the opinion press--most notably at the always au courant offices of its primary competitor, The New Republic--The Nation has earned the reputation in Washington as something of a museum piece, written by bearded Jewish radicals for sixties holdovers and public librarians.
What impression is made on visitors when they have to complete their journey to the town on an overcrowded train from Leeds or a ramshackle museum piece from Wakefield?
SPACE Shuttle Endeavour turns Hollywood star yesterday as it finally bows out to become a museum piece.
It''s about time we made this a museum piece and started pressing the Government for a more modern way of crossing the river a this point.
DISCOVERY ended its career as the world's most-flown spaceship yesterday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece.
But it is no museum piece, instead crammed full of cafes, restaurants and bars, making it one of modern Central Europe''s most vibrant and "happening" places, and one which is especially lively in the evening.
The country in which I grew up; of factories, workshops, mines and mills, is already a museum piece. Mass unemployment of the kind now being experienced is not even a folk memory for the population now facing it.
Left virtually unchanged since the doors closed for business back in 1981 - even then it was a museum piece."
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